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To reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and our spirits.
Our Core Purpose
To improve health and well-being so that people can experience the full richness of life.
Overview & History
Church Health provides quality, affordable healthcare to individuals who work in low-wage jobs with little or no access to healthcare. Founded in 1987 by Dr. Scott Morris, an ordained United Methodist minister and board-certified family practice physician, Church Health has grown to become the largest faith-based healthcare organization of its kind in the United States.
The Model for Healthy Living serves as the cornerstone for Church Health’s care and outreach.
Joy or pain in one part of our lives inevitably affects overall health and well-being. A balanced, healthy life takes into consideration what is going on not just medically; it encompasses Faith, Movement, Work, Emotions, Nutrition, and Friends and Family as well as Medical. These seven areas comprise the Model for Healthy Living.
Recognizing the relationships between all these parts of our lives, the Model reflects the realities of our everyday lives—families, jobs, schedules—and reminds us of areas we may neglect.
Our Faith Community Outreach staff offers hope for a healthier life by reaching people where they worship. Church Health provides the support, consultation and education to start or strengthen health ministries in congregations. Since 1988, more than 1,200 Congregational Health Promoters have been trained to be health leaders within their congregations.
Crosstown Concourse Expansion
|Eye Treatment Rooms||4||16||300%|
By the Numbers: FY2017
|Clinical Services Visits||49,567|
|Unique Individuals Served||15,351|
|Volunteer Healthcare Professionals (Over 24 Months)||1,000+|
|Volunteers Total Hours||19,289|
|Patients Served Since Inception||70,000|
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Church Health. We could not serve on the level we do without hundreds of volunteer medical professionals who provides quality affordable healthcare to tens of thousands of people in our community. We also offer a diverse array of non-medical volunteer and internship opportunities to individuals, groups and students.
Our Home: Crosstown Concourse
In Spring 2017, Church Health became one of the founding tenants of the Crosstown Concourse redevelopment project, whose goal was to transform a long-abandoned Sears distribution building into a “vertical urban village” serving one of Memphis’ most ethnically diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods. Consolidating our 13 separate facilities under one roof in our purpose-built space at Crosstown enabled us to serve more people people and serve them better, but it also extended our ability to engage those we serve with our Crosstown partners in health, the arts and education.
About Our Founder & CEO
In 1987, Dr. Scott Morris came to Memphis – one of the poorest, unhealthiest cities in America – with the idea of opening a medical clinic to serve the working uninsured. As Church Health has grown, Dr. Morris has continued to rally the faith community together and drive ecumenical and interfaith dialog and action aimed at serving those in need.